Tottenham Hotspurs are believed to be lining up a £13million January swoop for Chelsea and Egyptian winger Mohammed Salah. The pacey and trickery winger moved to Chelsea during the 2014 January transfer window in a deal worth £11million from Swiss side FC Basel.
The 22-year-old has however find first team opportunities hard to come by having just made 10 appearances in the English Barclays Premier league mostly as a substitute scoring two goals last season and just one substitute appearance this season against Swansea.
Spurs manager Maurice Pochetino is believed to be a keen admirer of the winger and will be looking to add him to his Spurs side come winter. Spurs will test Chelsea’s resolve to keep a player that is overtly seen as a squad player (at least for now) by offering a fee in the region of £13million.
It is yet to be seen if Mourinho will be willing to part with the player he promised to use to a greater degree this season. Again Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic is not a huge friend of Spurs chairman Danny Levi after the latter refuse to sanction a move for a player Abramovic so much admired- Luka Modric some years back. Chelsea and Spurs again are not just London rival moreso, title rival and its unlikely Chelsea will want to do business with or strengthen a rival club.
From the sporting perspective, it is not a good business for Chelsea as I think Salah has the potentials to become a great winger in the mode of Arjen Robben or Frank Ribery in the English Premier League if given more game time.
But from the business perspective it will be a good deal for Chelsea to sell around £13m – £15m for a player they signed £11m barely a year. Again, Chelsea have an abundant of talent in his position with players like Hazard, Willian, Oscar, and Schuerrle all ahead of him in the pecking order and have host of other talents out on loan.
Chelsea are in no pressure to sell, it is Spurs who need him most hence, the decision to sell or stay will depend to a greater degree on how highly Jose Mourinho thinks of Salah, what he wants to do with him, what he wants him to do for the team and to what extent Spurs are willing to go in pursuit of the Egytian sensation. But whichever way it pans out its a win-win situation for the Blues.